Mariah Carey Shows Off Imperfect Range On 'Today'

'It's a little bit about reflecting on life,' singer says of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.

Fans filled Rockefeller Plaza early Friday morning (October 2) to catch a glimpse of [artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist] stopping by the "Today" show to talk about her latest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, and performed a four-song set.

Beginning the show with an early classic — "Make It Happen," off of Emotions — the singer embraced the crowd's lively energy early in the morning. Dressed in a black leather trench coat and accessorized with a glittery microphone, Carey paced the stage, holding fans' hands as she performed the 1991 track.

Of course, Mariah also performed her two latest singles. She was hoisted in the air by dancers for "Obsessed" and accompanied by a church choir for her Foreigner cover, "I Wanna Know What Love Is."

Between songs, Carey talked about the album's title with host Meredith Vieira. "Everybody's imperfect, and we try to be the best we can but you know, it's tough," she explained. "And 'memoirs' is just the fact that I write, and I've been writing poems since I was a little girl. I write lyrics and songs. It's a little bit about reflecting on life."

Carey later told MTV News about the wide range of emotions fans will experience through the album's songs. "I put a lot of myself into it," she said. "I think that people can expect a whole lot of different stuff. There are some songs that are just funny with jokes. They're upbeat as well as uptempo. They make you laugh, and you can also dance to them and enjoy them. And then there's ballads — some of them are just really sad, but they have a little bit of an edgier element to them. Then there's those big ballads."

One of the "big ballads" the singer may have been referenced could be The-Dream-produced "H.A.T.E.U.," which concluded the mini-concert on "Today."

Mariah also took the opportunity to tell MTV News about her role in the upcoming film, "Precious," which opens December 3.

When director Lee Daniels approached her to play Mrs. Weiss, Carey said he told her, "You're going have to get really ugly and you're going have to do this and that. We're going strip you down in every way."

And despite the character's lack of sex appeal and makeup, she signed onto the project. "I said, 'Cool,' because I felt like it was something that I sort of needed to do, and I love the book so much, so I thought it would be a really nice thing," Carey explained.